And then, there were two. On Sunday, Feb. 5, the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will face one another in Super Bowl LI. The Patriots will be making their ninth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, while the Falcons will be looking to hoist their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in their second Super Bowl appearance.
The NFC and AFC Championship Games pit four of the best offenses in the NFL against one another, and the teams that were better defensively came out on top. Throughout their eight-game winning streak, the Green Bay Packers have faced potent defenses, like the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, and New York Giants, but it was the Atlanta Falcons, who were finally able to tame the dragon that is Aaron Rodgers. With two sacks and two turnovers, Atlanta’s defense prevented the Green Bay air attack from ever getting into a groove. Meanwhile, the Falcons’ offense was, well, the Falcons’ offense. Led by Matt Ryan, who threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns, Atlanta racked up points, and coasted to the 44-21 victory.
In the AFC Championship Game, the goal of the New England Patriots‘ defense was to not get beat by Le’Veon Bell. When Bell went down with left groin injury in the first quarter, the Patriots’ defense were able to focus their attention on stopping Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who failed to throw a touchdown pass until the 4th quarter.